Measure K is a countywide half-cent sales tax extension passed by local voters in November 2016 to support essential County services and to maintain or replace critical facilities. Click on an image below to learn about initiatives in each category.
Measure K Spotlight:
For Youth in Crisis, Help and Hope
The numbers are staggering: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that middle school students are as likely to die from suicide as traffic accidents. The number of girls 10 to 14 who died by suicide tripled nationwide from 1999 to 2014. Suicide has become a leading cause of death from preteens to young adults.
Here in San Mateo County, psychiatric emergency rooms complete more than 1,000 assessments a year of people under the age of 17 who are in crisis. The 2015 California Healthy Kids Survey found that a third of local high school students report chronic feelings of sadness or hopelessness in the past year, and about one in six seriously considered suicide.
Suicide knows no boundaries and can affect any family regardless of income, background or culture. Preventing adolescent and teen suicide and self-harm is a national public health goal.
And it's a goal that a coalition of local leaders in schools, mental health, crisis intervention, law enforcement and government are taking on. Learn more.